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Where I Stand

04 Aug

My summer poem project has given me a lot of joy… and it’s far from over. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m working on Summer Shorts, a project that combines my love of photography with my desire for poetry to be part of everyday life. Summer Shorts is writing a short poem a day, every day of summer (June 21 to September 21) based on the photo I take from the Capture Your 365 photo challenge.

I actually don’t write every day, but do take a photo every day. On days when I have extra time, I catch up, though often I find these poems practically write themselves during my walk, as words and lines come to me. I always carry a notebook, so I perch myself on a railing or park bench and capture those flighty thoughts mid-walk. Because I’ve promised myself these poems will be short, it’s not intimidating. Who can’t write 3 to 6 lines a day?

Most of the photo challenges are different each day. But a few keep recurring every month. One such is “Where I Stand.” Here’s my “Where I Stand” photo and poem for July 21st. (It happens to be the longest poem in the collection so far… a few over my required 6 lines.)

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#CY365 photo for July 21, 2017 –  “Where I Stand” (Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

Where I Stand

pat a dog,
photo the fog

pick a bloom,
pixel a room

chat with a friend
ponder the bend

follow my nose
to smell a rose

stop for a hare
hopping who knows where

admire the herd
find the lyric bird

be lured to tarry
and munch on a berry

my motto for a summer walk:
“Always be prepared to stop!”

© 2017 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

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poetryfridayThis post is linked to Poetry Friday, hosted today by our very talented troubadour Donna at Mainely Write.

 

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24 responses to “Where I Stand

  1. tee+d

    August 4, 2017 at 8:05 am

    That’s a GREAT motto! Exercise is best leavened with a little lingering. ☺

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      August 4, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      Thanks, Tanita! Love your phrase “leavened with lingering” (That needs to find its way into a poem somewhere!) Also, I just came from your poem “Statues in the Park: Bliss” – Wow! It’s fabulous. So many wonderful lines, but the whole thing moved me to recklessness! (I would have commented on your blog, but I couldn’t figure out how to log in. Sorry!)

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  2. Tabatha

    August 4, 2017 at 8:23 am

    I like Tanita’s summation about exercise. Your descriptions of your walk sound lovely, and I like imagining you perching somewhere, writing.

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      August 4, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      Thanks, Tabatha! I actually perch quite often. Don’t trust myself to remember that ‘perfect’ word choice and order that has somehow shown up 😉

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  3. Linda Mitchell

    August 4, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Nice rhythm & rhyme you got going on there. And, I like the photo. When I was in Seattle this summer I couldn’t stop taking photos. I’m not a photographer. But, as I write more and more I see story in everything….and know that images I grab from the day will become bits and pieces of story later. I love that you are writing a poem for each day of the summer. Awesome!

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      August 4, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      Thanks, Linda. I’ve been in places where I couldn’t stop taking photos. I think it’s a kind of locational fever. Later, when I get home and import them all into my photo program, I wonder, what possessed me to take all these? But then, there is often among them that one or two perfect one that you wouldn’t have if you hadn’t taken the many. And they are wonderful writing prompts.

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  4. mbhmaine

    August 4, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    What a fabulous summer project! I’m fascinated with the idea of taking a photo each day and writing a poem to accompany it. I love taking pictures and find it forces me to slow myself down and to be more mindful. I admire your daily poetry writing practice–You’re inspiring me to consider how I might do something similar. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      August 4, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      Thanks, Mbhmaine! When I look at summer, stretching on till September 21st, I ask myself, what on earth am I thinking? But, then day by day, it’s quite doable. I find that for projects like this, it must somehow fit within the rhythms of my every day or it will get dropped.

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  5. cvarsalona

    August 4, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Of course, I like your motto for your walk, Violet. You are being a very prolific writer and photographer this summer so make sure you send me some of your digipoetry magic for my summer gallery, Sunkissed Summer.

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      August 4, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks, Carol! Yes, I’ll try to find something “sun kissed” 🙂

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  6. margaretsmn

    August 4, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    This poem’s rhythm is that of a walk, stepping into the rhyme of each line. This is a great project. I love that you combine photography and poetry and writing short. Something I could probably handle.

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      August 4, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks, Margaret! The walk rhythm may well be because the poem started forming as I walked. And, yes, the “short” aspect is important to me.

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  7. lindabaie

    August 4, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I’ve been seeing Ruth (from Haiti) on FB do the photo 365 challenge, and it’s wonderful that you’re adding a short poem each day. I need to remember this for inspiration, and Tanita’s “leavened with lingering”. I do love the walking rhythm of your poem, Violet, and that final motto. Happy walking and writing!

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      August 5, 2017 at 7:46 am

      Thanks, Linda. It was actually Ruth’s mention of those photo prompts on her blog that introduced me to them. I haven’t connected with her on FB, so haven’t seen her daily photos (which would be interesting). I started posting mine daily on a photo blog that I run, but soon stopped. I found the daily posting was a burden. This private / writing use of them suits me better.

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  8. maryleehahn

    August 5, 2017 at 4:56 am

    Good advice! (Fabulous challenge!)

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  9. Brenda Davis Harsham

    August 5, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I like to picture you perched on a stone wall, writing in your notebook with a secret smile and a gleaming eye as the robin watches with one eye. I hope all this daily writing becomes part of your life, rather than a challenge that is over after a year.

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      August 5, 2017 at 10:06 am

      Thank you, Brenda! As it has in the past, the way I motivate myself to write, especially poetry, changes. But perseverance to achieve that keeps at me. So when this is done, it means I may need to try another new thing / start a new project.

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  10. Jane the Raincity Librarian

    August 5, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    What a lovely, lovely sentiment! Actually, I think it’s a good life motto – keeping looking ahead, but never be afraid to stop!

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  11. Donna Smith

    August 6, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Oh, yeah! Great motto for a summer walk:
    “Always be prepared to stop!”

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  12. Michelle Kogan Illustration, Painting & Writing

    August 7, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    What a fun summer walk poem Violet! I like these lines,
    “be lured to tarry
    and munch on a berry,”
    We would make good walking companions, I too carry a small notebook/sketch pad and will jot down ideas or begin a sketch–and taking time to tarry is tantamount!

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  13. Heidi Mordhorst

    August 8, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    One of my favorites of yours! I admire your discipline–three whole months! Keep up the great work–“chat with a friend/ponder the bend”!

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